News Bite: 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Officially Released

After much anticipation, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) were unveiled on Jan. 7, 2016. This latest version marks the eighth edition of the guiding document informing federal nutrition policy and programs that support health promotion (e.g., MyPlate) and disease prevention initiatives.

The DGAs were first released in 1980 and have been issued every five years since. In 1990, Congress mandated that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) jointly review, update and publish the DGA every five years. The DGA process is completed with input from the Scientific Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, along with comments from the public and federal agencies.

The nutrition science behind the DGAs continues to evolve. In the five years between the 2010 and 2015-2020 DGAs, advancements in nutrition science have solidified what is known about some topics and modified what is known about others. To read IFIC Foundation’s analysis on what changed and what stayed the same in the Dietary Guidelines, click here.